Kingston’s parks are the most improved in London

Kingston was named the most improved London Borough for parks ranking at number 19 out of 33 boroughs last week.

The announcement, made in an annual report by Parks for London, comes as a success for the council after the launch of their Community Parks Programme in 2018.

Councillor Hilary Gander, the portfolio holder for environment and sustainable transport, said: “This is a testament to the fantastic work taking place across the borough, by both the council and our wonderful community and voluntary groups, to protect and enhance our green spaces.”

Parks for London ranks the parks on various criteria including public satisfaction with parks, awards for quality, collaboration, events, health, fitness and well-being, supporting nature, community involvement, skills development, sustainability and strategic planning.

Kingston Council’s Community Parks Programme pledged in 2018 to invest 1.3 million in parks across the borough.

Some work has already taken place leading to new gym equipment and entrance gates for Fairfield Recreation Ground, playground refurbishment in King George’s Recreation Ground and a new play area in Victoria Recreation Ground, said the council in a press release.

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